An appliance company called De’Longhi asked people to pick the top ten status symbols they want in their home. And the results:
1) Hot tub.
2) Walk-in closet. (This was the top choice for WOMEN.)
3) Side-by-side refrigerator-freezer. (They’re not common in the U.K. where the study was done. They call them ‘U.S.-style fridges.’ Who knew?)
4) A stereo system with speakers in every room. (That was top choice for MEN.)
5) 3-D television.
6) Sound-activated blinds and lights.
7) Restaurant-style range stove.
8) Fancy coffee maker.
9) Temperature-controlled wine cellar.
10) Gas grill.
Which brings me to what people thought were status symbols in previous decades:
In the 90s: A black dining room table and chairs, a bread maker, and beige carpeting.
In the 80s: A Commodore 64 computer (totally still have mine), an avocado-colored bathroom (that’s gone though), a garbage disposal and a microwave.
In the 70s: A fondue set, a Betamax, color TV and a minibar.
In the 60s: A washing machine, a sewing machine, colorful kitchen cabinets and an electric carving knife.
In the 50s: A transistor radio, a push-button phone and an electric toaster.